Green's Beverages - Ponce
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3.25/5 rDev -21.1%
This is an interesting place and my review will likely be all over the place. It is in a great location as far as proximity to many neighborhoods, which is great for convenience but terrible for how busy it gets. It also gets a vast majority of BMC and hard liquor customers, just due to its popularity.
The quality of the beer I get here is hit or miss. I pretty much have stopped buying IPAs here because they often are skunked and/or not fresh. However, this does not deter me from getting other styles here, as I generally don't have an issue. This is especially true with beer out of their beer cellar.
The service is also hit or miss. The majority of people that work here know nothing about craft beer, but they always have at least one person that is knowledgeable.
The selection is where Green's shines. They have a great beer cellar with many great beers, often vintage beers. They'll often have Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, Fantome, among others. They get pretty much every limited release and hold on to them longer than pretty much every place in town. They also have a huge selection of domestic craft beers.
I come to this place often, but it's certainly not due to how they handle their beer, their establishment, or their customers. The selection is great, everything is is sub-par.
05-18-2011 18:33:47 | More by coreyfmcdonald
3.3/5 rDev -19.9%
Atmosphere: I mean, it's a beer/booze store, so not much to say - it's in a neighborhood that is kind of on the cusp of decent (getting a little bourgeois) to rough (I wouldn't walk there at night unless I was carrying). The store is cool though, decently organized. I do wish there was more space, though. It's tight in spots but being in the middle of a city, you do what you've gotta do with the space available.
Quality: Fair, lots of Georgia beers along with the BMC stuff, but there's a walk-in cooler with their Belgians and some other imports. If I had more of a disposal income, I'd make a dent in it.
Service: Again, not a whole lot to say about it -- they don't really do much other than stock the shelves and check out the customers, but at this point in my life, that's all I ask for.
Selection: Hinted at above, lots of Georgia beers and a decent selection of imports in the cooler. Also, on a side note, decent whiskey/bourbon selection that always draws my attention as well -- getting some stuff from distilleries I didn't think I'd find outside of KY.
Value: Decent - carry cash if you want the better price on items though as they've got a discount offered for those that pay with the green stuff. I don't think anyone would walk out feeling ripped off.
05-09-2013 01:37:02 | More by bamadog
3.6/5 rDev -12.6%
I picked up a bevy of fine beverages while visiting Atlanta a while back. Definitely some great Belgian and American selections, and a broad array of choices for the out-of-towner.
Prices were great, very competitive with anything else I've seen locally here or elsewhere. As mentioned by other reviewers, they would do well to get some of that beer out of the sun, but the selection was on pointe.
As a guy who does most of his quaffing at home, prefers a cheap "beer warehouse" style place with a great selection, and could really care less about atmosphere and service, Green's does the job. I would definitely stop by if you're in the area.
06-21-2011 00:28:41 | More by TaddyPorter
3.67/5 rDev -10.9%
Since Green's has added a walk in beer cooler full of single beers I've been going there at least 3 times a week. There's prob around 500 different beers there from all over the world so there is a great selection to choose from. In the room they also have a table set up on beer advocate so it makes it great to do a quick look up on a new beer. they also have a cash and debit price so bring cash to get a better deal. outside of the walk in cooler they also have a decent selection of 4 packs and six packs that are not you typical grocery store beers. As far as knowledgeable beer associates its kinda hard to find one. Not to sound racist by any means but this location is kinda in the ghetto and mostly black people working there and none of them have ever been any help with picking out a new beer, but the two white guys I've seen working there have been very knowledgeable of the beers they have, again not to be racist but that is just how it is there ;P . the staff has always been very friendly and it is a total pleasure to shop here. I go here instead of the larger beer/liquor stores like tower wine.
Green's will also order in a case of bottles if you are looking for something that they don"t carry. so just let them know and in a week or so they should have some available.
08-20-2013 18:24:43 | More by blueiguana86
3.7/5 rDev -10.2%
The Ponce de Leon location of Green's Discount Beverage Store is located to the northeast of downtown Atlanta. The less adventurous type may not necessarily feel safe going to this location by themselves, but the average person who is not afraid of "The City" shouldn't feel very threatened at this location. The store is a package liquor store that has wine, spirits, and beer (on the right hand side from the entrance, and around the corner to the end of the store). The beer section may seem slightly cramped if there are a lot of people, especially towards the back of the beer section where the outside wall of the building comes closer to the coolers. There is another Green's location in Atlanta on Buford Hwy, but this review is only for the Ponce de Leon location.
Quality - Most of the beers that we bought at Green's were of high quality when we drank them. It seemed like there would be a decent turnover of products in the store, although there were a few beers on the shelves that looked like they might have been sitting there for quite a while. This Green's location does feature a temperature controlled beer cellar which is home to a rather nice selection of Belgian beers as well as a few other choice products.
Service - The store was busy for most of our visit in the late afternoon, but the employees were helpful once you had waited for them to assist you. One nice thing to know that we were told by several employees was that you can receive a discount if you pay with cash instead of credit. Good information to know for next time.
Selection - You'll probably be pleased at the selection of products and breweries you see on the shelves, but you'll be in beer heaven when you find the temperature controlled beer cellar closer to the non-beer portions of the store. Be careful in here... it can be a tight fit with three or more people. Our visit was during the winter holiday season, so there were lots of appropriate seasonal options available. There were beers from Terrapin, Great Divide, Ommegang, Sweetwater, and Allagash, as well as many other domestic and international breweries.
Value - While the beers here did not have the lowest prices I have ever seen, the value was pretty good for a location inside the city. The extra discount you can receive for paying with cash knocks this one over the top in terms of value, and the available selection makes this a must stop shop for a visit into Atlanta.
04-02-2008 18:25:14 | More by kensuthe
3.75/5 rDev -9%
The craft section is a bit cramped, and the service was iffy. it seemed there was one designated beer employee and he wasn't about to help me. i don't know what was going on, this was my only time there, but the employees, especially the beer guy, seemed standoffish. the selection was good, the prices were good, and i found some things i would not have expected to find. bottom line as far as i see it: if you know what you want, and don't mind a squeeze, go for it. if you want to be helped and like your personal space, this might be a tough time for you.
07-18-2009 00:55:03 | More by aesopsgato
3.8/5 rDev -7.8%
Atmosphere: Business-types, college students, and bums seem to make up the clientel I encountered during my 15 minutes here. It also carries a sizeable liquor selection and is located in Atlanta so the wide array of customers is to be expected.
Service: The employees seem disinterested in nearly everything except checking your ID and getting you out of the store.
Selection: They have some decent stuff in the cooler and a good amount of brews adjacent to the cooler. I wish I noticed this Belgian cellar that everyone has mentioned. It certainly was not flaunted and I wish someone would have told me about it.
Value: If you are paying with cash, it is a bit cheaper. Most bottles are cheaper than expected.
04-06-2011 06:15:24 | More by bucklemyshoe
3.8/5 rDev -7.8%
In a decent-but-not-great part of town, though the store itself is probably lowering the land value of the surrounding businesses. It doesn't look like much...looks like a place to go for your Seagrams Gin & Juice. Once inside things improve substantially.
Large amounts of liquor, some wine, and a wing of the store dedicated to beer. Six or eight double-door coolers full, plus 7-8' high shelves the length of the opposite wall, plus islands in the middle. LOTS of beer. Lots of belgians, huge variety of Stone and Rogue and similar things (including the harder-to-find ones). Seems to focus more on the domestic scene, but lots of high-end, hard to find domestics, especially for the region.
One affable guy walked over and offered help, but I was just browsing, so I dont know how much he knew about the beers. Cashier knew little, but thats not unusual.
Prices ranged from reasonable to very cheap, dependant upon your method of payment. TAKE CASH. When paid for with plastic, a sixer of Sierra Nevada will run you $7.68 or something, slightly cheaper than Wal-Mart/Gas Stations. With cash, however, the same sixer is like $6.98, which is damned reasonable. The same is true for every beer they sell: take cash, you will come home with 10-15% more.
Overall a rewarding experience; I would like to go back again when I have more time to look around (spent 30 minutes or so...hada 2-hour drive to go, and it was late-ish). I will certainly go again next time I'm in Atlanta.
01-04-2007 21:23:52 | More by Graebner
3.8/5 rDev -7.8%
From the outside it looks like a vintage, old-school place, but inside it is rather nice, though there is a bit much sunlight in the store for my liking.
This is the first store I have been to with a dedicated 55 degree beer cellar for Belgian beers and rare imports. There is also a row of coolers with craft, imports, and cheap beers. On the other side of that is the American bombers and singles. There is also a small shelf of imports right outside the cellar.
The selection was pretty good, it seemed like the Belgian section was simply un-picked over. Altanta seems to have a lot less beer geeks but a ton of stores dedicated to keeping large amounts of rare beers.
The service seemed non-existent in the beer section.
The prices were reasonable and good if you paid cash.
Overall this is a great liquor store if you are looking for selection and price in Atlanta.
03-07-2011 00:52:47 | More by crossovert
Green's Beverages - Ponce in Atlanta, GA
92 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.